Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer experienced a challenging first day of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco as he missed out on track time.
Jolyon enjoyed a trouble-free FP1, completing 42 laps using Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyres, but a power unit-related issue in FP2 restricted him to just eight further laps.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P17, 1:15.949, 42 laps
Free practice 2: P18, 1:15.616, 8 laps
Jolyon said: “Monaco’s all about building momentum and getting the laps in, so in that regard it was a positive morning but a less positive afternoon. There’s certainly more pace to come from me and the car, so I’m very eager to get back out on-track, although we have to wait a day longer for FP3 and qualifying here. Obviously the afternoon was unfortunate, but there’s still a lot of potential for the weekend ahead.”
Nick Chester, Renault Sport Formula One Team Technical Director, added: “Today certainly wasn’t the start we wanted for our Monaco weekend. Jolyon experienced a power unit-related issue in the afternoon, which cost him some running. We have some work to do, but we know where improvements can be made looking to qualifying on Saturday.”
“There’s certainly more pace to come from me and the car, so I’m very eager to get back out on-track – there’s still a lot of potential for the weekend ahead.” Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver